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The Octopus and I

By Erin Hortle

Snappy Review

It is so hard when everyone in the bookshop raves and raves about a title. The expectations become unattainable, except when you’ve got a tale like this. I’m saving it for a reread in Summer, because I’m certain there are more subtleties that I’ve missed. A great debut.

Synopsis

A stunning debut novel set on the Tasmanian coast that lays bare the wild, beating heart at the intersection of human and animal, love and loss, and fear and hope.

Lucy and Jem live on the Tasman Peninsula near Eaglehawk Neck, where Lucy is recovering from major surgery. As she tries to navigate her new body through the world, she develops a deep fascination with the local octopuses, and in doing so finds herself drawn towards the friendship of an old woman and her son. As the story unfolds, the octopuses come to shape Lucy’s body and her sense of self in ways even she can’t quite understand.

The Octopus and I is a stunning debut novel that explores the wild, beating heart at the intersection of human and animal, love and loss, fear and hope.